Review Roundup: Steam Deck – impressive, but still needs some work
The Steam Deck has a lot of potential, it just needs some time to work out the bugs.
Valve’s Steam Deck has been one of the major talking points in the PC gaming world over the last few months. With the console reaching gamers’ hands in just a few short days, early reviews have started to come out.
It was a bit of a rocky start for the Steam Deck. As it has been with many tech products, the device saw a delay from its original planned release date of December 2021. Still, Valve was able to keep its promise after the initial delay. The device will start shipping to consumers on February 28.
Now, the embargo for early reviews of Valve’s new handheld gaming PC has lifted. Tons of critics have had the chance to see what the
Steam Deck’s hardware seems impressive
Early opinions on the
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Many people were concerned about the large size of the
Impressive controls and in-game performance
And gamers seem to enjoy the overall feel of the
Seth Macy of IGN called the ABXY letter buttons on the right “lovely” and says that the thumbsticks “rule.” They did have one minor complaint about the D-pad, which they said was “solid, but just a little mushier than they like.”
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Another minor complaint that we’ve seen about the control locations is with the touchpad. “The analog sticks are pushed up to the top by the touchpads, making them feel awkward,” writes CNET’s Dan Ackerman. Fortunately, they can be disabled in-game to avoid any kind of false input.
As for game performance, the
Even AAA games are running well on the
Steam Deck still has some room to grow
Despite these decent first impressions, the Steam Deck still needs some improvement. Firstly, the device is not yet fully compatible with Windows, which means that a good portion of Steam games are not playable.
IGN’s Seth Macy noted several popular games that currently won’t work on the
Steam is working to verify which games will work. But until Windows is fully supported, there will be a massive hole in the number of games that will run correctly on the
But, even games that aren’t verified have a chance to work. Wes Fenlon of PCGamer said, “I mostly ignored Verified games to play ones I wasn’t sure would work well on the Deck, and I kept finding ones that I really liked playing on it.”
But beyond the lack of compatible games, the rest of the
The Verge’s Sean Hollister writes “every single day I used the
Hollister continues to say that Valve fixed many bugs over the weeks that they were testing the device, but many still remain.
Should you buy the
Gamers don’t usually expect bugs like this from a major gaming console release. But this isn’t just any old console release.
Steam is doing something that has never been done before. The
And Valve has designed a preorder system for the device’s release that allows it to get the
Despite some hiccups and significant issues in early
And as Forbes’s James Evangelho writes, “Valve’s innovative Linux-powered handheld PC has no competition.” If you’re on the fence about pre-ordering the device, consider this: if you jump in the pre-order line now, your
That gives Valve six months to work out the major kinks and unlock full Windows support. By that time, hopefully, the device will have access to the vast majority of the Steam library.
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